By Emma Amaize, Festus Ahon, Egufe Yafugborhi & Perez Brisibe
WARRI—Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate, NDGJM, a militant group in Delta State, yesterday, claimed that its strike force blew up the Afiesere-Ekiugbo delivery line, operated by the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company, NPDC/Shoreline Petroleum at Ughelli, Delta State, on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Commander, Sector 1, Operation Delta Safe, Col. Alhassan Grema, told Vanguard when contacted: “I have no comment.” Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Delta State Police Command, Celestina Kalu, said, when contacted, that she was not aware of the attack, adding, “We are only aware of the one that happened on the 15th.”
Kalu, however, said the Police in the state were working in synergy with other security agencies to get rid of all criminal elements including militants. In a statement by self-styled Gen. Aldo Agbalaja, the group said: “The Opudo strike force, at 11:30p.m., on Sunday, struck the Afiesere – Ekiugbo delivery line in Ughelli, operated by NPDC/Shoreline.
“The Operation Crocodile Tears is not slowing down, but determined to achieve its target. Until the Federal Government takes the proper steps, this song will continue to play. “This is to once again emphasise our earlier revelation that the so-called Operation Crocodile Smile is nothing but a scam, some jumbled job, sewn together to retire some recently embezzled military budget.
“Were it a serious endeavour, as the entire military system has sought to bamboozle Nigerians and the entire world to believe, the half-baked operation would have, at least, been reaping marginal results, besides those wrong arrests, lacking in intelligence that it had realised.
“This is to you, Chief of Army Staff, let your crocodile continue to smile. Your time of reckoning is at hand. “Under your nose, the very task of guarding oil assets (which we consider a waste of time, resources and a failure of priorities) will fail because you are both insincere and incompetent.
“The Niger Delta Greenland Justice Mandate is just starting. You are yet to see what we are about to do. By the time the alpha operations are initiated, you will need more than these fighter jets to keep your troops safe in any part of the Niger Delta,” NDGJM said.
“We will vow to you today that we shall uproot every asset and facility you think you have secured with soldiers and their guns. “Shorelines, First Hydrocarbon, NPDC, Seplat, Total E&P, Shell, Agip, Saipem, Mobil and others, wait for us. We are just coming out for you,” it added.